Whether you are in later life or still looking forward to retirement, everyone wants to do all they can to prevent the distressing symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses. There is research going on to find treatments for the illness all the time but until it is found there are basic changes to your lifestyle which can ward off the illness. Here are a few tips and guidance on what you can do or what you can recommend to an elderly relative to reduce the risk.
Live an Active Social Life
This is especially important in later years when an elderly person may not be able to visit friends as easily as before. Services such as Extra Care at Home provide a range of extra facilities which help on this front. These care services have cafes and restaurants were residents and care users can meet and socialise. Others ways to keep communicating and remaining socially active are to join a club or society, get to know neighbours or sign up to an online social network such as Facebook.
Studies show that regular exercise reduces the risk of dementia by up to 50%. This will also have a knock on effect to other areas of life as exercise will improve mood, boost energy and benefit appetite. It is important not to overdo it but regular walks or investing in an exercise bike will enable you to experience the benefits almost immediately.
Eating a balanced diet packed with vitamins and nutrition helps the brain as well as the body. Therefore, eating the recommended dosage of fruit and vegetables is vital to keep down the risk of Alzheimer’s. Consider reverting to a Mediterranean diet with plenty of fresh produce, olive oil and fish all having key health benefits. Similarly, Omega 3, found in oily fish and some margarines, is said to give a significant boost to your cognitive health.
This is another important step for people in their advancing years. When day-to-day activities such as work are no longer part of a regular routine it is vital to find new ways to stimulate the mind. Puzzles such as crosswords and Sudoku are great everyday solutions to this. For the more ambitious, learning a foreign language gives your brain exactly the right exercise it requires.
Your capacity for memory storage and recall is greatly improved by full, deep and healthy nights’ sleeps. To work on improving your sleeping pattern take action such as limiting napping, ban screens from the bedroom and encourage a regular routine.
Keep Stress Under Control
Stress can have a very detrimental effect on the brain which will maximise the risk of Alzheimers. There are certain daily activities which have been proven to reduce stress such as deep breathing, yoga and long walks.
Many of these tips overlap and will improve other areas of life as well so it worth putting them into action immediately.